At the port, where you will have some free time until your ship leaves, your guide will meet you and assist you explore the Istanbul city by travelling tram between the port and the Old City part of the city. On this tour, we will see some of the the most popular sightseeings of Istanbul in a limited amount of time.
First, we are visiting the splendid Hagia Sophia, that is the apple of the eye of Istanbul. Gracing the very center of the city, this matchless basilica offers and unforgettable touristic experience with its amazing architecture, religious and cultural value. We have to mention that the Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays; so if your tour talkes place on Monday we will take you to the Basilica Cistern instead.
Next stop is the architectural wonder Blue Mosque.It has six minarets and giant domes which distinguishes it from its examples around the world. The mosque is the creation of Ottoman arcitecture Sinan, who visioned a heavenly home for prayers.
We are heading to the Hippodrome Square,where we will get to see the Egyptian Obelisk as well as the Serpentie Column. This historical square had been home to chariot races on Byzantine times. Get ready to hear some great stories about city’s history from our professional guide.
Before ending our tour, we are visiting the Grand Bazaar that is one of the largest and oldest covered markets of the world. The Grand Bazaar includes 60 shopping streets and over 500 traditional shops. It is the perfect place to do some souvenir shopping and have some fun.
Please note: The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays; therefore in case your tour is on Sunday, we will provide some free time in Nuruosmaniye Street or in Arasta Bazaar.